Guru Nanak Jayanti : celebrate ( 2020 ,2021, 2022)

  Guru Nanak Jayanti: Celebrate (2020,2021,2022)     




  Today I am going to tell u about our GURU NANAK JAYANTI:

GURU NANAK JAYANTI is a festival of Sikhs which is celebrated every year throughout India.

GURU NANAK JAYANTI is also known as Prakash Utsav, and it commemorates the birth of the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak Dev.  Although Guru Nanak Jayanti is a Sikh festival, the festival is enjoyed by many religious groups in India, including Hindus and secular people.  Certainly, this is especially the main festival of the state of Punjab in India as it is inhabited by a majority of Sikh population.

 GURU NANAK JAYANTI is a time for happiness and joy, but this festival also throws light on the teachings of Guru Nanak Dev.  The festival begins on the full moon day during the month of Cuttack.  However, the lunar almanac changes every year, so Guru Nanak Jayanti is celebrated during the Gregorian almanac during October or November.

 Year             Date                    Day                   Holiday   
         




    2020       30 NOVEMBER      Monday    Guru NANAK Jayanti

    2021       19  November         Fri day      Guru NANAK Jayanti



    2022       8   November         Tuesday    Guru NANAK Jayanti




LIFE AND PRINCIPLES OF GURU NANAK 


 In order to understand more fully why this festival is so sacred to many Indians, it is very important to understand how Nanak ji's actions shaped the entire history of India.  Before the birth of Guru Nanak in 1469, India was basically defined by the social category known as the caste system.  Because of this practice, the poor people were poor and the rich people continued to expand their power.  Guru Nanak had realized that this practice was wrong, so he devoted his life to fight it.

 After much meditation and self-contemplation, Guru Nanak had a dream that showed him the true purpose of God.  According to this dream, formal institutions and caste system are not necessary to connect with God.  The fundamental aspect of Guru Nanak's dream was that all humans have direct contact with God.  Subsequently, Guru Nanak Dev rejected the priests and the caste system.  Guru Nanak also refused to take knowledge of the Vedas, the sacred scripture of Hinduism.

 First, Guru Nanak was regarded as a heretic who rejected the divine.  This situation changed when Dalits, and lower class people, realized that their life could be better under Guru Nanak's theory.  Soon after, Guru Nanak was seen by many as a hero.  Guru Nanak also taught his followers that one cannot be connected to God through traditional means like fasting and pilgrimage.  He advised his followers to join the divine through prayer while enjoying a moral life.

 After destroying the caste system, Guru Nanak became the political enemy of the priests and the Mughal rulers.  Later Guru Nanak was arrested as he challenged the Mughal king Babur.  Guru Nanak established Sikhism.  After his death, the wisdom and spirit of Guru Nanak came to the nine Sikh Gurus.


Celebration activities


 Sikhs and other Indians take part in many activities to remember the life and teachings of Guru Nanak Dev.


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 Before Guru Nanak Jayanti starts, recitation is done continuously in central places in the main Sikh regions.  Known as Akhand Pathak, the program runs for 48 hours.  During the Akhand recitation, some of the most important poems of the Guru Granth Sahib, the sacred book of Sikhism, are recited.  Many times, Sikh people also recite prayers.  The most popular prayers for this festival are Japji Sahib and Siddha Gosh.


 Nagar kirtan

 The day before the celebration, people from the Sikh community take part in the Nagar Kirtan, a vibrant procession that attracts people from all over the world.  This procession is carried out with five people and a Sikh flag.  The procession also includes songwriters, choreographers and martial artists.  The routes on which this event takes place are often decorated with various banners and flowers.

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 On the full moon day of Cuttack month, people celebrating Guru Nanak Jayanti can enjoy free community meals with their friends and family members.  After the meal, Sikhs join the evening prayers.


GURU NANAK JAYANTI is a peaceful festival that reminds people of Guru Nanak ji and his desire to end the Indian caste system.

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